Get Gritty

Angela Lee Duckworth believes that the key to achievement is not necessarily how talented or intelligent you are, but whether or not you possess grit. I tend to agree. “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals,” She says. “Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future day in day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

It’s a great message to give to our children. Children need to learn to keep pushing through their failures and fight through challenges. I do my best each day to deliver this message to my students (and my daughters too). Significant achievement is a deliberate process. Consistently make good choices, work hard, overcome obstacles and mistakes, and you will likely find yourself with many options in life.

Check out what Angela Lee Duckworth has to say about grit:

Fwd: Freezer Friday

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without them, we go nowhere.”  Carl Sagan

I love a creative mind. That’s why I enjoy the fun things Philadelphia graphic design artist Charlie Layton draws on his freezer. Each Friday, Charlie takes 25 minutes to let his mind wander as he creates a masterpiece on his dry-erase surfaced freezer with a simple, black dry-erase marker. Take a moment to look through Mr. Layton’s work: Freezer Friday

Fwd: Get to Know the Columbia River

A Native American fisherman fishes just west of the Bonneville Dam

4th grade is the year we learn about Oregon and you can’t get to know Oregon without getting to know the Columbia River. Our Northern border is loaded with rich history, natural beauty, and economic possibilities. If you get the chance, click on the link below to take a look at an incredible photo essay from Bruce Ely and Jamie Francis of the Oregonian and

Columbia River: Great River of the West